By Jessica Camerato
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On Tuesday night rookie catcher Ryan Lavarnway powered the Boston Red Sox to a crucial 8-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles with two homeruns and four RBIs.
But before he was driving an entire team to victory, Lavarnway played a role in one of his teammates success this season.
Lavarnway didnt know Josh Reddick very well when he was called up to the Pawtucket Red Sox from the Portland Sea Dogs in June.
When he asked around the clubhouse about taking a trip back up to Portland to retrieve the rest of his belongings following a day game, Reddick said he was already planning on driving up to Maine that night and agreed to give Lavarnway a ride.
That afternoon Lavarnway batted 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored; Reddick hit 1-for-3 with a double as well.
As Lavarnway looked to get settled into his new surroundings in Pawtucket, Reddick offered he could stay at his place until he found a spot to live. Both players were pursuing the next steps in their careers -- Lavarnway was getting adjusted to Triple-A baseball and Reddick was fighting to make it back to the Boston Red Sox.
A few days later, Lavarnway and Reddick each hit a pair of homeruns and drove in four runs apiece in an 8-3 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Erring on the side of superstition, Reddick extended his hospitality.
We both hit two homers in the same game, Lavarnway recalled. He was like, Alright, you cant move out now.'
I think he got called up here (to the Red Sox) a couple days later and was hitting .300.
Lavarnway ended up living at Reddicks place in Pawtucket (and taking cared of his dog) while Reddick spent the rest of the season in Boston. A few months later, Lavarnway joined him on the Red Sox, where he played an integral role in Tuesdays must-win game.
In this game where theres only 25 spots on the roster, even if you dont play the same position, as much as were teammates in the minor leagues, everyones kind of competing with each other, said Lavarnway. The fact that we hadnt really met before and he was being so nice to me, you dont really expect that.
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